Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Dakota State

W 81-79

5:30 PM - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Madison, South Dakota
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defenders withstood a late run by the Dakota State Lady Ts, holding on to win 81-79 in a non-conference game played in Madison, SD this evening (January 8, 2013). With the victory the Defender women improve to 11-9 on the season while the Lady Ts fall to 4-9 on the year.<p> Success from three point range helped the Defenders to a quick early lead as Dordt College made their first three from beyond the arc and led by 17-4 just 5 minutes in to the contest. A 13-4 run by the Lady Ts that included a pair of three point baskets narrowed the Dordt margin down to 21-17 half way through the opening 20 minutes. The Defender lead was still at four (23-19) when Kayla Broekhuis knocked down another three followed by a Jamie Kok field goal to push the advantage 28-19 and the Defenders led by a dozen on three separate occasions over the final six minutes of the first half before taking a 43-34 lead into the intermission.<p>In the first half the Defender women combined to make seven of eight from three point range with Kayla Broekhuis making 4 of 4, Jasmin Schelhaas 2 of 2 and Kara Van Dyke 1 of 2.<p>
The Lady Ts were able to trim the Dordt lead down to as few as six early in the second half and they were within eight (55-47)with 14:47 to play in the second half. A pair of Danelle Boone three pointers and another from Broekhuis balanced with a solid inside game helped the Defenders to a 21-4 run to take a 25 point lead (76-51)at 8:46. Over the next 8 minutes Dakota State outscored the Defenders 24-3, helped by three three point basketbs by Westover and a pair by Jacobsen to cut the Dordt lead down to 79-77 with 51 seconds to play. "It seemed like they were hitting a three every time we looked up," remarked Dordt College Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. With 20 seconds to play, Dordt's Kayla Broekhuis missed a three point attempt but Brianna Spronk ran down the rebound to extend the possession forcing Dakota State to commit a foul. Jasmin Schelhaas knocked down both free throws to make it a two possession game with the Defenders on top 81-77. Alyson Drooger was able to make cut it to two with a basket with nine-tenths of a second remaining but the Defenders were able to successfully inbound the ball after a Dakota State time-out, holding on to win 81-79.<p>
Three point shots were the order of the day as the two teams combined for 27 made three pointer and
the Dordt women tied a record for the most three pointers made in a game with twelve. The record matches the twelve three pointers the Defenders made in a game against Dana in 2002.<p>
Kayla Broekhuis finished the night with 20 points for the Defenders on seven of twelve from the floor with six made three pointers on ten attempts while also dishing out four assists. Brianna Spronk added 15 points on seven of sixteen from the floor and one of three from the charity stripe while also grabbing six rebounds and handing out seven assists.
Kara Van Dyke tossed in thirteen on six of ten from the floor with one of two from three point range and also picked up a double double, grabbing 10 caroms for the Defenders and contributed five assists. Jasmin Schelhaas was a perfect three of three from beyond the arc and two of two from the free throw line for eleven points and had two assists and two steals.<p>
Dakota State's Kylie Westover led all scorers with 28 points, making nine of twenty from the floor with six of eleven from three point range and four for four from the line. Alyson Drooger and Cassie Jacobsen added 17 and 14 respectively.<p>
Dordt College outrebounded Dakota State 33-30 and forced the Lady Ts in to 17 turnovers while losing the ball 15 times themselves.<p>
"We played pretty well for the first 30 plus minutes," said Stiemsma "and just didn't take care of the ball over the final eight minutes. We shot the ball well and did a good job of getting the ball in to the paint but just lost some focus down the stretch. They shot the ball well and we learned a lot of lessons from this game and we're certainly happy to be picking up a win on the road."<p>
GPAC scores from today:<br>
(RV) Dordt at 81<br>
Dakota State University 79<p>
Midland at 72<br>
(7) Briar Cliff 86<p>
(24) Dakota Wesleyan at 66<br>
(10) Northwestern 69<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 54<br>
Doane 51<p>
Mount Marty at 77<br>
(4) Morningside 68<p>
GPAC Standings (after first half of conference play):<br>
2 Concordia 9-1/16-1<br>
4 Morningside 8-2/16-3<br>
7 Briar Cliff 7-3/16-4<br>
10 Northwestern 7-3/13-4<br>
24 Dakota Wesleyan 6-4/14-5<br>
Mount Marty 6-4/11-7<br>
RV Dordt 5-5/11-9<br>
Hastings 4-6/9-11<br>
Midland 2-8/7-12<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-9/3-12<br>
Doane 0-10/5-13<br>
Dordt College will return to Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, January 12 when they play host to the Midland University Warriors at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Next Up

Dordt College will return to Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, January 12 when they play host to the Midland University Warriors at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center.